Blog : Scottish Winter Festivals

Sight-see for free this St Andrew’s Day

Sight-see for free this St Andrew’s Day

Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf today unveiled a packed programme of events to celebrate Scotland’s Winter Festivals.

This year’s programme includes more sponsored community events than ever before, designed to encourage everyone – whatever age or interest – to get involved in celebrating three key Scottish cultural dates.

Starting with St Andrew’s Day on November 30, a series of free or discounted offers will encourage Scots to take part in activities and experiences on their own doorstep and sight-see close to home.

New for this year, the successful Visit for Free programme has been expanded to include sports centres as well as visitor attractions and community events. Famous attractions including Edinburgh’s Our Dynamic Earth, Inverness’s Highland Wildlife Park, Aberdeen’s Sports Village and Glasgow’s Tall Ships are offering free or discounted entry.

Starting with St Andrew’s Day and spanning Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night on January 25, Scotland’s Winter Festivals brings together Scots across the globe in an international celebration of our distinct culture, heritage and creativity. This year the number of sponsored community events happening across Scotland has increased from 12 to 17.

For the full Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme, including Visit for Free offers and details of sponsored events, go to

Scotland’s Winter Festivals give nation chance to shine

Scotland’s Winter Festivals give nation chance to shine

Working with the Scottish Government, Stripe launched this year’s programme of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – a global celebration of Scotland’s culture, heritage and creativity.

Running from St Andrew’s Day on November 30 through Hogmanay to Burns Season at the end of January, the season of celebrations brings together lovers of all things Scottish from across the globe.

Highlights for St Andrew’s Day 2011 include a Visit for Free weekend at even more of Scotland’s best-loved visitor attractions, a global focus for this year’s celebrations with worldwide participation in cities such as Beijing, Washington and Brussels, the launch of an international photo competition with Blipfoto to find the best image of our global celebrations and a Scottish Universities’ St Andrew’s Day debate focussing on democracy and young people in 2011.